SPEYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL PARENT COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE COUNCIL
HELD AT SPEYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2009
Sederunt: Mr B Milton (Chairperson), Mr P Johnson, Miss C Stewart, Councillor Murdoch,
Miss L Paterson, Mr D Connelly, Mr D Tierney, Mr I MacDonald (for Items 1-3),
Miss F Main (Clerk)
1. Welcome and Apologies
The Chairperson welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular Mr I MacDonald, Local
Community Network Support Officer.
2. Minutes of Meeting held on 3 December and Matters Arising
Minutes of the meeting held on 3 December were approved.
Proposed: P Johnson
Seconder: B Milton
There were no matters arising.
3. Briefing by Mr I MacDonald, Local Community Network Support Officer
Mr MacDonald provided an overview of the work he is involved in. He explained that he is
employed through Educational Services and his time is shared equally between Speyside and
Forres ASGs. A large part of his time is spent liaising with agencies, eg NHS, Police, Social
Work to identify and bring forward any initiatives. He is also involved in the Locality Team
which is set up to look at specific issues relating to Speyside. The Team includes Mr Tierney
and representatives from the Police, Social Work, NHS, Community Learning and Primary
It was noted that with Mr MacDonald’s support the school has been able to offer pupils
alternative activities such as the Climbing and Kayaking Clubs. Mr MacDonald explained that
another successful initiative was the Family Fun Day held last year. This event was very well
attended and it is hoped to hold another Day this session.
Mr MacDonald advised that, where possible, he would be very willing to provide any assistance
to help organise events or workshops that the Parent Council and School wished to hold.
Discussion took place about the possibility of a school Open Day. Mr Connelly will raise this
with the Parental Involvement Group and report back to the Parent Council.
Mr Milton thanked Mr MacDonald for his valuable input. Mr MacDonald left the meeting at
4. Curriculum for Excellence
Mr Tierney circulated two papers, one was a copy of staff responses to discussions that took
place in November 2008. The other paper contained timelines for possible new curriculum
structures. He advised that since the last Parent Council meeting in December the school has
conducted various activities relating to C for E. It was noted that the new S1 intake in August
2010 will be the first year group to experience the changes that C for E will bring.
Mr Tierney has also been involved in Moray wide discussions to set up a Moray Framework. It
was noted, however, that Moray’s 8 secondary schools may set up their curriculum options
differently. Mr Tierney has also been invited (along with all Secondary Head Teachers in
Scotland) to meet with the Scottish Cabinet Secretary on 16 March in Glasgow.
Mr Tierney advised that the school hoped to hold an information evening, this session, for all
parents to provide them with more information on C for E. He also advised that all parents will
be consulted about proposals.
An invitation has been received from John Trodden, Quality Improvement Officer to a meeting
for Parent Council Representatives at Keith Grammar School on 25 March. The Clerk will
email all members asking for nominations.
5. Parental Evaluation
Mr Tierney explained that as part of the School Improvement Plan process we have to conduct
an evaluation based on the views of pupils, parents and staff. After discussion it was agreed
that the Parent Council and School would jointly write to all parents seeking their views and
asking for volunteers to join a Review Group.
Pupils’ views will also be sought and the possibility of conducting this during an evening will be
6. Parental Involvement – Findings of Parental Survey/Update of Teacher’s Parental
Mr Connelly advised that the recent survey conducted at the S5/6 Parents Evening in
December last year highlighted that parents wished to know more about Educational Change
and Careers/Guidance, particularly relating to the transition from school to college/work. In
order to gauge views of parents from another year group it was hoped to conduct the same
survey at the S2 Parents Evening on Wednesday 4 March. Mr Milton and Mr Johnson will
advise the Clerk if they are able to assist with the survey on Wednesday evening.
The current balance is £372.73. Payment for Term 3 will be made to the Clerk. The
photocopying costs for November to February amounted to 41p. The school will carry forward
this charge and include it in the next invoice.
Items of correspondence were previously circulated to members via email.
Council Membership: An email was received from Mr Tweedie to advise that unfortunately
he is no longer able to serve on the Council. The Chairperson will arrange a letter of
appreciation to be sent to Mr Tweedie.
After discussion it was agreed that the Clerk would prepare a draft flyer advising that there is
currently a parent vacancy on the Council. The flyer will be handed out at the S2 Parents
Evening on Wednesday 4 March and the P7 Parents Evening on 16 April.
Website: It was noted that Agendas and Minutes are now available on the school’s website.
Newsletter: The Chairperson will arrange for the annual Newsletter to be produced in June.
9. Date of Next Meeting
The proposed date is Thursday 28 May 2009 beginning at 7.00pm.
Agenda items to include: Curriculum for Excellence
School Budget & Finance
School Improvement Plan for 2009/10.
The meeting closed at 8.50pm.